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       "This is what the Lord Almighty says: Consider your ways!" Haggai 1:7 God commands you to consider--and you cannot neglect to do so, but you sin. Your circumstances require it of you--and you cannot neglect to do so, but you must be losers thereby. God complains, "My people do not consider!" Inconsideration has ruined thousands, and will ruin t
ArticleDavid Recovered All
       "So Achish gave David the town of Ziklag," 1 Samuel 27:6 "Three days later, when David and his men arrived home at their town of Ziklag, they found that the Amalekites had made a raid into the Negev and Ziklag; they had crushed Ziklag and burned it to the ground. They had carried off the women and children and everyone else but without killing
ArticleDivine Chastening
       "You shall also consider in your heart, that, as a man chastens his son--so the Lord your God chastens you." Deuteronomy 8:5 Punishment flows from justice--chastening flows from love. The former is inflicted by the judge, the latter is administered by the parent. Believers in Jesus are often chastened--but they are never punished; because they
ArticleFellowship with God
      First. Fellowship supposes knowledge. There can be no fellowship with God, without a knowledge of God. The gospel brings the true knowledge of God to men, and under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, we receive into our hearts the knowledge of Jehovah in Jesus--the manifester of God. Here we behold his glory, beauty, and excellency. His terror does n
ArticleFollow Me
       "Follow Me!" John 21:19 "They follow the Lamb wherever He goes!" Revelation 14:4 He who would be found in good company--must accept the Savior's invitation, and follow him. He calls us to him, as the Author of eternal salvation, and invites us to follow him as the Shepherd of his flock. Nature is for inquiring, "Where will he lead me?" But grac
ArticleFull Confidence in Jesus
      A death-bed is a great revealer. What will do for life and health--will not often do for a sick bed and a dying hour. Many people have a religion which will satisfy them while external things go tolerably well with them--but if called to pass through the furnace of affliction, or to do battle with the floods of persecution, it is found to be insuff
ArticleGod's Remedy for Man's Malady
       "From the sole of your foot to the top of your head, no spot is uninjured--but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores! They have not been cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil." Isaiah 1:6 The whole race of mankind, in consequence of the fall, is infected with a most dreadful, fearful, soul-killing disease! You are infected with it yourself
PamphletGod, the Portion of His People
       OUR FATHER "I will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:18 Tried Christian, you are not an orphan! You have a Father! God, in all the glory of his nature and perfections, is your Father! He has adopted you for his own. He has regenerated you by his Spirit. He has called you o
ArticleGrace for the Humble
       "He gives us more grace. God opposes the proud--but gives grace to the humble." James 4:6 We have no humility by nature. There may be a softness of disposition, and a readiness to yield to others--but there is no true humility. That is a fruit of the Spirit, a new covenant blessing. One of the marks of God's children, and a proof of God's specia
ArticleHeaven upon Earth
       "As the days of heaven upon the earth." Deuteronomy 40:21 Few things are more important than truth. Nothing is so important as the truth of God. It is our light, our map, and our food, through the whole journey. In the context, Moses is giving direction to the Israelites, as to how they were to treat God's word. He directs them to hide it in th
ArticleHow Shall I Honor Jesus Today?
      Awaking from a comfortable night's rest, strengthened and refreshed in body, before rushing into the business of the world, a few moments may be spared to ask a necessary question, How shall I honor Jesus today? That we should aim to honor the Savior, I suppose no one will deny, seeing He has redeemed us by his precious blood, called us by his ever
ArticleI Expect Great Things Then
       "In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am!" John 14:2-3 The Lord Jesus has gone to receive a kingdom--and he intends to return. During his absence
ArticleIs it Time?
      The Lord Jesus says, "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness." The best things--should be sought first. The most important things--should be secured first. It is time for you to think seriously. Eternity stamps a seriousness on every subject connected with it. The soul must live forever. Hell is eternal. Heaven is eternal. The imm
ArticleJesus, the Resurrection and the Life
      Many circumstances connected with the recent war, were deeply affecting. Many a godly soldier fell in the battle field; no doubt, many had fellowship with the God of peace, while surrounded by all the horrors of war. Many incidents of a touching character have been published, and one that has recently been communicated to me, is I think as touching
ArticleJob's Inquiry
       "How many iniquities and sins have I committed?" Job 13:23 What a solemn question for a sinner to ask! Who can answer it? Alas, who of us can say, I have lived one waking hour without sin? We have sinned every day, every hour, every minute. From our hearts, as from a corrupt fountain, nothing but sin and corruption have proceeded. We have sinne
ArticleKeep Close to Christ
      A minister of Christ was dying. He had a young sister whom he tenderly loved, and in whose welfare he felt the deepest interest. She came to pay the last visit, and receive from his lips the last words of advice. The words of a dying minister, realizing the value of the soul, and the solemnity of eternity, are important words. Taking her by the han
ArticleLight for a Dark House
      Man is born to trouble--when he is born into the world of nature; and he is also born to trouble--when he is born into the world of grace. Every man has his trouble--but a Christian man has a double share. "Many are the afflictions of the righteous," but blessed be God, it is added, "the Lord delivers him out of them all." The best of men have gen
ArticleMixed Marriages
       "She is free to marry anyone she wishes--but he must belong to the Lord." 1 Corinthians 7:39 Young friends, do you profess Christ? If so, take care what marital connections you form. Never consent to marry any one in opposition to the plain precepts of God's holy Word. Remember it was mixed marriages between saints and sinners-which brought on t
ArticleObstinacy and Folly
       "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!" Luke 13:34 Mas is a strange creature! He is in danger--and will not accept deliverance. He is in need--and will not accept of a supply.
ArticleOn Desires
      "Lord, my every desire is known to You; my sighing is not hidden from You!" Psalm 38:9 I find much of my of true religion, consists in desires. I often examine myself lest I should rest short of the mark; and it is often the case that all I can find--is a desire. I desire to prefer Jesus to all things else--but I cannot actually do so at all time

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